Here’s who will be hurt the most in Tampa Bay by Covid-19

The Tampa Bay area is less vulnerable than other major metro areas in Florida and much of the United States to the economic impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Still, the local economic fallout from the pandemic is hitting hardest among the people who can least afford it, according to a new report from the Tampa Bay Partnership.

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Seacoast-Freedom Bank deal drops in value but still has big payouts

Six members of the board of directors of Fourth Street Banking Co. and an investment firm in Palm Beach will get the biggest stock payouts after Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida completes its purchase of Fourth Street and its Freedom Bank subsidiary in St. Petersburg.

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VINTAGE ST. PETE: Making movies on Weedon Island

When the Great Depression enveloped America in the late 1920s, the curtain had just come down on the silent film era. Spirit-lifting “talkies” were all the rage, when Pinellas County – and, in particular, the scrubby landscape of Weedon Island – came tantalizingly close to becoming the Hollywood of Florida

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Pivoting through adversity: Entrepreneurial Academy goes virtual

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, “Mr. EA” Barry Foster joins Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber and Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst to talk about how the St. Pete Chamber and the St. Pete Greenhouse have moved their entrepreneurial training program online in the midst of Covid-19.

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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Mark Sforzini of St. Pete Opera

Wednesday evening’s edition of The Catalyst Sessions featured a live, streaming interview with Mark Sforzini, the founder, executive director and artistic director of St. Petersburg Opera Company. The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic came just before his organization was about to announce its 15th season, due to begin in October.

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BayCare CEO: Health system is prepared for a Covid-19 surge


Community Voices

Community Voices: TC Carr remembers John Prine, 'A Mark Twain of modern times'

"I was not a friend or even much of an acquaintance of John Prine’s," Carr writes, "but he maybe recognized me from some local appearances where I played with him, or where he was present. I have been lucky to be in his presence."

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Roundup: Viniks give to USF student fund, bad guys go phishing, coronavirus cases by ZIP code update

Today’s roundup has news about the Vinik Family Foundation, University of South Florida, Community Health Centers of Pinellas and KnowBe4.

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Jay Miller
J Square Developers


Your daily dose of levity: Claps and bell tolls for local heroes

If there’s an upside to this whole pandemic, it’s that we’ve had plenty to remind us of our humanity – and our interconnectedness. Today’s edition starts with another showing of appreciation to our local heroes working on the frontlines of the pandemic – doctors, health care workers, first responders and law enforcement officers. Thanks for keeping us safe out there.

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When to Trust Your Gut [HBR]

Our emotions and feelings might not only be important in our intuitive ability to make good decisions but may actually be essential.

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